UCLA tightened the Pac-8 race by beating California 28-14 as Bruin Quarterback John Sciarra accounted for three touchdowns and Running Back Wendell Tyler rushed for 143 yards. Chuck Muncie gained 126 and established a new career rushing record for Cal, which, by losing, missed an opportunity to lead the conference for the first time since 1958.
Saturday's 54-14 victory over Washington State settled nothing in the continuing controversy over who should play quarterback for Stanford. Mike Cordova was in the game long enough to toss an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ron Inge and run 16 yards for a score. His understudy, Guy Benjamin, then passed for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon State, described as "the worst 0-6 team in the country" by a Portland sports-writer, proved that Beaver fans can believe some of the things they read by bowing 35-7 to Washington. Oregon upheld the state's honor by defeating Utah 18-7.
The New York Times ran a headline that read: COLORADO STATE 47, AIR FORCE -10. Falcon Coach Ben Martin felt no better about the real score of 47 to 10. Brigham Young beat Wyoming 33-20.
1. USC (7-0)
2. Arizona State (7-0)
3. UCLA (5-1-1)
Alabama had no business even scrimmaging a poor non-conference foe like Texas Christian, which had the nation's longest losing streak at 16, let alone playing the Horned Frogs in Birmingham. Bear Bryant used 12 different running backs in the 45-0 slaughter. Florida, co-leader in the SEC, whipped Duke 24-16 as Fullback Jimmy DuBose scored three touchdowns. Tackle Mike Wilson recovered a fumble in the end zone to help Georgia to a hard-earned 21-13 victory over Kentucky.
Tennessee was upset by North Texas State 21-14 when Tailback Sears Woods returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown after the Vols had tied the score in the fourth quarter. Woods scored the Eagles' other two touchdowns on runs of six and three yards.
Neither Mississippi nor Vanderbilt had sense enough to come in out of the rain. The two teams fumbled 13 times in Ole Miss' muddy arena, but the Rebels came out ahead 17-7 by putting together two long scoring drives. Beaten by four Top 20 teams this year, LSU's once proud Tigers took out their frustrations on South Carolina 24-6. LSU Tailback Terry Robiskie registered 109 yards in 26 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns 11 seconds apart in the third quarter. Mississippi State defeated Louisville 28-14.